Thengai (Coconut) Poorna Kozhukattai


            Kozhukattai is also called Modak. This dish is a steam cooked sweet dish. Modak is a famous Indian sweet, prepared especially on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. It is known as Lord Ganesha's favorite sweet. You can feel sweetness in every byte. This recipe is my mom's version.


  Outer Dough Ingredients

   Coconut Pooranam

Making of Outer Dough
            Put the rice flour in a kadai and dry fry till nice aroma comes out. Remove from stove and keep aside. Boil 11/2 to 2 Cups of water along with salt and 2 teaspoon of Ghee/oil. Pour this boiling water in the fried rice flour slowly like drop by drop, then mix it using a wooden spoon. When it is warm enough to handle, knead it with your hand.

Boiling Water in Kettle

Making of Outer Dough

Press the Dough like this

Adding Pooranam in the middle

Close the edges to get the shape

  Making of Coconut Poornam

           Put the jaggery in a heavy bottomed pan. Now add 1/4 cup water and keep on low flame. When the jaggery completely melted, add coconut gratings and stir well and then till it blends well and become solid. Add cardamom powder and Ghee mix well. Cool it.

 Making of Kozhukattai
          Take lemon size dough and make a small ball by placing dough in zip lock bag with grease of oil in it as shown in pic. Slowly apply pressure with your fingers and make it like a small patty. Put one tablespoon of Pooranam in the middle of the patty, slowly close the edges to prevent the leakage of pooranam. It look like half circle. Finish all the dough and pooranam like above. Arrange all kozhukattai in a  idly plate or steamer and steam it for five to seven minutes. Kozhukattai is ready.

Basic Information
      Prep Time: 30 min to 1 hour
      Cook Time: 30 min to 1 hour
      Serves: 3 people
      Yield: About 10 kozhukattai